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New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon.
Last year, former President Barack Obama signed an update to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act into law, finally giving the EPA authority to ban asbestos use and importation. The agency is moving full steam ahead. But this progress could be stalled if Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee to head the EPA, is confirmed by the Senate.
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The first week of the Trump administration is just about over, and what a week it’s been. It started with a media blackout at EPA and a freeze on EPA grants to states and localities used to protect drinking water and air.Read More
As President Trump’s first week in office comes to an end, a number of startling decisions that could have serious implications for public health and the environment have already come out of the White House.Read More
In 1973, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a phaseout of lead in gasoline. Since then, lead levels in the blood of American children have dropped dramatically, making the ban on leaded gasoline one of the agency's greatest achievements for public health.Read More
Today’s decision by Target to require full ingredient disclosure from its suppliers by 2020 is great news for consumers, said EWG President Ken Cook.
Oklahoma environmental advocates and attorneys met yesterday with members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to strongly refute Scott Pruitt’s claims that he advanced pollution cleanup efforts as the state’s attorney general.
Today’s unprecedented action by the White House forbidding the Environmental Protection Agency to share any information with the press or public is a chilling move that mocks democratic principles, said EWG President Ken Cook.Read More
An internal memo by President Donald Trump’s top environmental policy adviser reveals the new administration's plans to dismantle key air and water protection programs, and slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency.Read More
Last week's confirmation hearing for President Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency underscored the agency's foremost responsibility: protecting the health of America's children.
Last weekend, EWG reported that after taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from poultry industry interests, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – President Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied cleanup of a protected river polluted by factory farms’ chicken manure. The New York Times cited EWG’s work and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., grilled Pruitt on his connection to the polluted river during the Senate confirmation hearing.Read More
Now that President Donald Trump has been sworn in, the focus can now shift fully to his incoming cabinet and first presidential actions.
Here are several of this week’s deep dives into the new president’s picks to run the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture, and what to expect in his first weeks in power.Read More
Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, claims that as Oklahoma attorney general he achieved a “historic agreement” to clean up chicken manure pollution from factory farms in the scenic Illinois River. But in fact, the deal gave poultry polluters another three years to meet the clean water standards they had failed to meet for a decade.
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Interests tied to the big polluters who joined Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's 14 lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency – companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Peabody Coal –also gave almost $240,000 to his political campaigns and political action committees supporting him.
As EWG documented this week, Scott Pruitt – President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied efforts to clean up chicken manure fouling a protected river as Oklahoma’s attorney general. But Pruitt’s war on clean water has not been limited to protecting poultry polluters in his own state.Read More
WASHINGTON – Scott Pruitt, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the most hostile Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the history of the agency, and would almost certainly push policies that would imperil public health and the environment, said EWG co-founder and president Ken Cook, urging the Senate to reject his nomination.
After taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from poultry industry interests, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied cleanup of a protected river polluted by factory farms’ chicken manure, an EWG investigation found.Read More
With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration only a week from today, questions on what environmental policies he will put in place during his first 100 days in office, as well as who he will pick to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the final untapped Cabinet appointment – linger.Read More
In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency launched a major effort to reduce mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants – standards that could avert up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 childhood asthma attacks each year. At the behest of the coal industry, a coalition of coal-producing states sued to stop the rules.Read More
In a shift that could help hundreds of thousands of U.S. children, federal health officials are considering whether to lower the threshold for identifying kids with elevated levels of lead exposure.Read More