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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There are 5,532 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

If oil and gas companies were injecting potentially toxic fluids into the ground near your home or your children’s schoolyard, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

OK, guys. Remember back in March, when we told you that exposure to BPA might be bad for your prostate? Well, a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago has shown that prenatal exposure to BPA could predispose men to prostate cancer much later in life.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated consumer guidelines on fish consumption. The two agencies said that because of the important developmental and health benefits, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant and young children should eat 8-to-12 ounces (2-3 servings) a week of fish varieties that have lower levels of mercury contamination. 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A federal advisory encouraging pregnant women, nursing mothers and children to eat more seafood fails to protect them from methylmercury exposure and guide them to better fish choices, according to a new analysis released today by Environmental Working Group and the Mercury Policy Project.

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News Release
Monday, June 16, 2014

Triclosan-containing antibacterial soaps neither safe nor effective:

Comments from Environmental Working Group on the Food and Drug Administration proposed data requirements for antibacterial soaps

June 16, 2014

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, June 9, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled against some Asheville, N.C. homeowners who unknowingly bought land contaminated by toxic chemicals and are now trying to sue the company that dumped them there. 

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News Release
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency appears poised to approve Dow Chemical’s bid to market a new toxic weed killer based on an agency analysis that failed to consider its danger to children’s health, as federal law requires.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A plan under consideration by the Obama administration would result in at least a three-fold increase in use of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D on American corn and soybean fields.  The ubiquitous crop chemical has been linked to serious health problems, including Parkinson’s disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EPA’s Risk Assessment is Too Flawed to Proceed - Comments from Environmental Working Group on the EPA’s Proposed Decision to Register EnlistTM Herbicide Containing 2,4-D and Glyphosate 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

 EWG’s top-rated sunscreen samples, offered to promote the EWG Sun Safety Campaign and 2014 Guide to Sunscreens, sold out in less than two hours.

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News Release
Monday, June 2, 2014

A fight is brewing over Dow’s Enlist® Duo, an extraordinarily potent weed-killer designed to kill the new generation of so-called “superweeds” that have mutated to withstand blasts of Monsanto’s popular weed-killer RoundUp.  

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, May 29, 2014

The California State Assembly has overwhelmingly adopted a proposal to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics products because they contaminate oceans, other waterways and seafood.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The American Chemistry Council, a trade association of major chemical makers, is among the largest donors to a fund created to support Sen. David Vitter’s campaign for governor of Louisiana.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

As Congress rushes to complete a new law that would seek to “reform” the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act, political spending by chemical companies and their trade association has reached record levels, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook will be the featured guest and honoree today (May 16) at the annual Greening Our Children event hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC), part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Last month, the EPA official responsible for reviewing the safety of chemicals used in thousands of every-day products was asked how many chemicals in use are so dangerous they should get a harder look by the agency to protect public health and the environment.

The answer?

1,000.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Environmental Working Group Executive Director Heather White said today that the Coca-Cola Company has made a responsible decision to stop using brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, as an ingredient in Powerade, its line of sports drinks.  

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News Release
Monday, May 5, 2014

A revised draft of legislation to update the failed federal law that regulates toxic chemicals, which was released by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois following stiff criticism of his initial proposal, makes only cosmetic changes to his first draft. 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Chemicals in Commerce Act discussion draft circulated in the House of Representatives earlier this year claims to advance the public interest.  We don’t think so.

 

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