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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that carbofuran, already registered as a restricted use pesticide, poses dietary, worker and ecological risks.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

EWG issued a statement today at a public meeting held by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on the government to include public health, consumer, and environmental organizations in upcoming industry-regulator meetings.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Amid rising concern over toxic chemicals in consumer products and the bodies of Americans, three members of Congress today introduced legislation to make sure chemicals are safe before they are allowed on the market. Read More
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Thursday, May 1, 2008

EWG's Renee Sharp testifies to the California state Senate about the need to remove BPA and lead from children's products.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In a welcome first step toward fundamental reforms to the way toxic chemicals are reviewed and then used in consumer products, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held its first oversight hearing this Congress looking into the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the nation’s outdated, industry-friendly law that allows virtually any chemical to be used in commerce without first testing for safety.

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Three weeks after the launch of a major Congressional investigation into conflicts of interest compromising EPA expert review panels and the revelation that EPA, at the request of the chemical industry, had fired a career public health professional as chair of an important chemical safety review panel, EPA convened yet another panel with members linked to polluting industries.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee today launched a landmark investigation into the chemical industry lobby group, The American Chemistry Council (ACC). In a letter to ACC President Jack Gerard, Reps. John Dingell and Bart Stupak – the committee chair and its investigations chair – demanded that the industry come clean about the degree to which it has been able to corrupt science at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

 

EWG urges the California Air Resources Board to reverse a proposal that would weaken safety and anti-smog standards for cleaning products, cosmetics and other household products.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Two powerful chairmen of the House committee that oversees the EPA are launching an investigation into the chemical industry’s undue influence on Agency panels that recommend critical public health safeguards for chemical pollutants. The inquiry stems from documents released recently by EWG showing that the EPA sacked a respected public health scientist from the Maine Centers for Disease Control as a panel chair, at the request of the chemical industry lobby group the American Chemistry Council.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

At the request of a chemical industry lobbyist, the Environmental Protection Agency removed the chair of an expert peer review panel charged with setting safe exposure levels for a toxic fire retardant that contaminates human blood and breast milk, according to documents obtained by EWG.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Under pressure from chemical industry lobbyists, the Bush Administration fired the chair of an expert science panel at the Environmental Protection Agency that was evaluating the safety of a neurotoxic fire retardant, according to documents obtained by EWG. EPA is to issue by March 28th a reassessment of the human health risks from Deca, an industrial fire retardant used in electronics and other consumer products, and widely found in Americans’ blood and breast milk.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

 

EWG urged the California Air Resources Board to set strict, health-based standards for cleaning products, cosmetics and other consumer goods.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A Critique of Community Briefings by The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on the Hazards of Drinking Water Contaminated With C8 (perfluorooctanoic acid — PFOA)

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Friday, August 10, 2007

What will it take to get presidential candidates to commit to stopping human-caused global warming?

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Our friends at DeSmogBlog have an important e-petition for you to sign.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Bush again pushes 3 nominees seen as pro-industry LA Times. 1 Apr 2007 UPDATE 4/4/07: San Francisco Chronicle's Jon Carroll gives us a more satire-infused critique of Bush's [re]nominees. SF Chronicle. 4 Apr 2007.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

After the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that contractor Sciences International (SI) worked for companies who made chemicals under review by the agency, NIH let the company conduct its own internal investigation into conflicts of interest.

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Yesterday I pointed you to the newest EWG investigation exposing the dubious relationship between the Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) — an agency under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health — and the consulting firm Sciences International (SI).

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007
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