Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
EWG President and Co-founder Ken Cook voted Huffington Post’s Ultimate Green Game Changer
Recognized for his efforts in utilizing new media to fight misinformation and weak legislation on toxics and human health, EWG president and co-founder Ken Cook was named one of Huffington Post’s Top Ten Ultimate Green Game Changers. After weeks of voting, Arianna Huffington announced Ken as the winner...
A lot of Mercury in a lot of Fish
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released results of an 11-year study showing, for the first time ever, the average concentrations of 268 “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic” (PBT) chemicals in American lake fish. Of the 268 chemicals, there were two the agency found in every...
Therapists Focus on Toxics and Kids
Here’s one measure of how much the issue of toxic contaminants’ effects on health and development — especially in children – has gained traction: A continuing education program aimed mostly at psychotherapists is devoting a day-long course to the subject this weekend in Boston. It’s...
BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse
When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence. Now...
EPA Chief’s Call for Toxics Reform: Three Times in Two Months
The topic of human exposures to chemical contaminants and the need to overhaul the federal government’s approach to toxics regulation was again on the mind of the nation’s top environmental official in remarks she made last weekend in Philadelphia. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has now delivered...
Teflon Oven Liner? Not In My Kitchen
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group Poking around the kitchen of our new house, Lena and I discovered a flat piece of synthetic something-or-other under the oven’s lower burner. Our landlord proudly explained that it was a Betty Crocker non-stick oven liner, a great...
FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules
As a key deadline approaches, scientists and environmental health advocates are ramping up pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rein in food contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen  detected in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans tested. During...
Be Smart About School Cleaning Supplies
What’s in Your Bucket? – and in the One at Your Kid’s School? That slightly pungent “clean” smell that you sometimes notice in a freshly scrubbed classroom, restroom — or your kitchen — may be telling you something a lot less appealing. Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied...