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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Under pressure from the White House and the Pentagon, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to set cleanup or safety standards for a toxic rocket fuel chemical that contaminates drinking water supplies for millions of Americans.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will not establish safety standards for 11 contaminants in drinking water.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

In response to the threat that surging mining claims along the Colorado pose to drinking water in Las Vegas, the General Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Patricia Mulroy, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne requesting that “Interior carefully evaluate the implications for water quality in the Colorado River before authorizing [hardrock] mining operations within its watershed.”

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

For almost 50 years, the federal government, defense contractors and the chemical industry have worked together to block public health protections against a component of rocket fuel that can disrupt children’s growth and development, Environmental Working Group (EWG) told a Senate committee Tuesday.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Immediate Release: Monday, March 10, 2008 Contact: EWG Public Affairs (202) 667-6982 WASHINGTON - A wide range of pharmaceuticals that include antibiotics, sex hormones, and drugs used to treat epilepsy and depression, contaminate drinking water s

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

A recent study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel ingredient.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2007 CONTACT: Jovana Ruzicic, EWG Public Affairs (202) 939-9144 WASHINGTON - Environmental Working Group (EWG) Senior Scientist, Anila Jacob, M.D., M.P.H., praised the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee's

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

One of every 16 one-year-old children in the U.S. is exposed to the rocket fuel chemical perchlorate at levels above the government’s safe dose, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of food testing data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Environmental Working Group researcher Nneka Leiba explains the health concerns of fluoridated tap water and outlines what kind of filtering processes work best, particularly if you're bottle-feeding an infant using powdered formula mixed with tap

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Monday, August 20, 2007

More than 64,000 children a day in Southern California will be exposed to an unsafe dose of fluoride when the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) begins adding fluoride to drinking water in October, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

In the four years since the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) decided to add fluoride to the tap water of millions of Californians, the American Dental Association (ADA), scientists at Harvard University, and the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences have all raised serious concerns about the safety of fluoridated water for infants and young children. This steady stream of science represents a growing consensus within the mainstream public health and dental community that the health risks of fluoride in tap water may substantially outweigh the modest dental benefits of tap water fluoridation.

 
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Thursday, August 9, 2007

On Aug. 20, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies drinking water to Los Angeles, San Diego and four other counties, will be briefed on the health risks of water fluoridation. MWD is preparing to add fluoride to its supplies in October. Many cities in SoCal already add fluoride to their water after they get it from Met, but now they won't have a choice.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

 

Ahh . . . there's nothing quite like a cold refreshing bottle of $2 tap water. In a surprising decision to call a spade a spade, Pepsi has agreed to change the label on its Aquafina bottled water to list its source: public reservoirs.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

In spite of the best efforts of the Washington Aqueduct to provide quality drinking water to the District of Columbia, tap water tests from May, 2007 revealed toxic by-products of the chemicals used to purify Potomac River water, at levels above annual federal health limits. These results illustrate the tremendous difficulties that water utilities face when trying to provide tap water that is free of potentially deadly bacteria and pathogens, yet not contaminated with toxic by-products of the chemicals used to kill these same microbes. This problem is particularly acute when utilities draw water from poorly protected water sources like the Potomac River. As recently reported in the Washington Post, the Potomac may not even be suitable for swimming; turning this water into safe drinking water is a serious public health challenge.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

In spite of the best efforts of the Washington Aqueduct to provide quality tap water to the District of Columbia, tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in May of 2007 revealed toxic by-products of the chemicals used to purify Potomac River water, at levels above annual federal health limits.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

In 2008, half of the world's entire population will live in cities. That number is expected to keep growing, according to a report from the United Nations Population Fund, and as the world's urban population swells -- to almost 5 billion by 2030 -- so will the population of urban poor.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

After our May 16 blog about consultant Dennis Paustenbach's possible appointment to an EPA panel on asbestos, we received a letter from Dr. Paustenbach's attorney. It says our use of the word "fraud" in describing the involvement of Dr. Paustenbach's company, ChemRisk, in the publication of a since-retracted study on chromium-6 in drinking water was "false and defamatory."

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Saturday Good Morning America aired a piece on toxic rocket fuel in our food and water supply. EWG Senior Scientist Anila Jacob was the resident expert. Watch the piece here.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A series of critical new studies by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the EPA's proposed safe exposure level for the rocket fuel contaminant perchlorate is not protective of public health.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of recently published data from scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Boston University (BU) shows that infants are being exposed to dangerous levels of the rocket fuel component perchlorate.

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