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Mercury exposure from eating fish carries serious health risks, especially for developing fetuses. Read about EWG’s mercury research and learn how to avoid the dangers by using EWG’s Tuna Calculator.

Monday, October 28, 2013

EWG and the Keep A Breast Foundation today released a guide to educate consumers about some of the most problematic hormone-altering chemicals that people are routinely exposed to. EWG parntered with KAB to develop the Dirty Dozen list of endocrine disruptors to highlight the prevalence of these toxic chemicals, how they affect our health and simple ways to avoid them.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that 1 in 88 American children have an autism spectrum disorder, a 23 percent increase since the agency’s 2009 review.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week that more than 35 imported skin creams, antiseptic soaps and anti-aging lotions have recently been tied to mercury poisoning that in some instances sent users to the hospital.  

 

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Three common environmental chemicals - lead, organophosphate pesticides and methyl mercury - may have effects on children's IQ in the overall population.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The federal Environmental Protection Agency pressed ahead today in its effort to reduce Americans’ exposure to hazardous chemicals, announcing a long-awaited new standard to reduce the amount of mercury emissions allowed from power plants in the U.S.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Laboratory tests commissioned by EWG have detected as many as 232 toxic chemicals in cord blood samples collected from 10 minority newborns. Notably these tests show, for the first time, bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen, in umbilical cord blood of American infants.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) might save you money, but they contain mercury.  

Soon the state of Maine will have ample recycling thanks to a new law.  Maine Public Radio reported today that a law that would require any retailer that sells CFLs to take them back for recycling. 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A landmark study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and universities in the U.S. and Australia has, for the first time, documented how escalating mercury-laden air emissions, chiefly from coal-fired electrical power plants in Asia, are being transformed into methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin that is increasingly polluting the North Pacific Ocean and contaminating tuna, swordfish and other popular seafood.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The topic of mercury and fish is once again in the news. This time it was prompted by public comments submitted to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about its controversial (hurry-up-and-get-it-out-before-George-leaves) mercury report, which largely concludes that the toxic effects of mercury in fish are mostly overcome by the beneficial fats in fish. Here at EWG an eyebrow or two (OK, more than that) were raised when these "findings" were released.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Mercury was on my mind a lot last December, but imagine my surprise to find out it was also in my medicine cabinet!

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Friday, January 2, 2009

An EWG investigation called “Lighten Up in ‘09” has identified seven compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb lines that trump the rest, with much lower levels of the toxic chemical mercury and lifespans of up to 18,000 hours – dramatically longer than the federal government’s outdated Energy Star standards.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs uses 75 percent less energy than its incandescent counterpart, lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. But all CFL bulbs aren't equal. Some have lower mercury content than others, and some last much longer. Unfortunately, you can't tell the best of the best by their labels - or the U.S. government Energy Star logo. Some Energy Star labelled bulbs could not be legally sold in Europe due to excessive mercury content.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

 

The Honorable Stephen L. Johnson
Administrator Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W..
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Johnson:

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Documents obtained by EWG show that officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are pressing to reverse the agency’s current recommendations that pregnant women and children limit their seafood consumption due to risks of exposure to mercury – an extremely harmful neurotoxin found at high levels in a number of popular seafood species such as tuna, swordfish and mackerel.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Fish is loaded with valuable nutrients, including protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce harmful cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots, and selenium, a trace mineral that helps the body prevent cellular damage.

But some ocean-dwelling fish also contain high levels of mercury, a powerful neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to the fetus and infants.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

On Oct. 4, The Washington Post had a scoop: According to a front-page story by Sally Squires, a new report by “top scientists from private groups and federal agencies,” advised pregnant and breast-feeding women to eat at least 12 ounces of fish a week “to ensure their babies’ optimal brain development.”

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Friday, October 5, 2007

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued the following statement today in response to media outlets that reported on a fish industry study urging pregnant women to disregard FDA guidance on fish consumption.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Parents of children with ADD, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders have been asking the Centers for Disease Control to do further research into a possible correlation between vaccinations containing mercury and neurobehavioral disorders for years. Now Generation Rescue, a small non-profit formed by parents of children with neurological disorders, has released a study that the CDC should be hard pressed to ignore.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

A recently released MIT report found that coal contributes more to global carbon dioxide emissions than any other energy source. Coal’s high carbon to hydrogen ratio makes it a larger CO2 polluter per unit of energy than other fossil fuels. Coal combustion also emits a variety of other pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and mercury.

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