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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Medical professionals, scientists, states attorneys general, legal scholars, and public interest organizations are all speaking up against the Udall-Vitter Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill (S. 697) backed by chemical companies.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.  

The use of glyphosate on farmland has skyrocketed since the mid-1990s, when biotech companies introduced genetically engineered crop varieties (often called GMOs) that can withstand being blasted with glyphosate. Since then, agricultural use of the herbicide has increased 16-fold.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fact: Asbestos companies knew the dangers of asbestos for decades, but they put profits before people and continued to sell it.
 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

States have been leading the way when it comes to protecting people from dangerous chemicals.
 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A bipartisan resolution passed by the U.S. Senate designates the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.
 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – EWG Action Fund supports Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in their effort to find out how states and schools across the U.S. have implemented a 1986 law designed to protect students, teachers and other school employees from the dangers of asbestos.
 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In 1989, the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to ban asbestos.
 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EWG and the educational nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World have joined forces in order to mount a deeper, broader and more forceful campaign to safeguard young children and the environment from toxic pollution, the two nationally known organizations said today.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The loss of a family member is devastating – even more so knowing that the death might have been preventable.
 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

My four-year-old son Jack likes to play on the floor.
 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

We the undersigned organizations strongly urge the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh heavily the decision last week by the World Health Organization to categorize glyphosate (trade name “Roundup®”) as “probably carcinogenic to humans” 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If a product you were thinking of buying contained asbestos, chances are you’d want to know while you were in the store, say, by reading a warning on the item’s label.

 

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EnviroBlog
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a bill yesterday that would help protect Americans from the toxic chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Do you know that your couch may be toxic to you and your kids? A weak federal chemical safety law and poorly designed state fire safety standards fail to protect Americans from thousands of dangerous chemicals like flame retardants.

 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was abundantly clear at the recent Senate hearing that Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee have grave doubts about legislation the chemical industry has written to regulate itself (S.697).
 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Testimony of Kenneth Cook on S. 697 before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

Testimony of Kenneth Cook

President

Environmental Working Group

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many Americans probably believe asbestos was banned years ago, consigned to the trash bin of history, never to be seen again. Not so. This notorious human carcinogen is still legal for use in the U.S.
 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A growing chorus is speaking out against legislation to update federal chemical safety law that was introduced last week by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La.  The industry-backed bill would retain the existing weak safety standard for toxic chemicals and limit the ability of states to enact and enforce their own rules to protect public health.
 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – A group of top legal scholars, law professors and public interest lawyers with years of collective experience in public health law, including state and federal toxics policy, today took issue with the industry-backed legislation filed last week by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M, and David Vitter, R-La., to update the federal chemicals safety law.
 

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