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The Secret’s Out

The Secret’s Out
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, executive editor It took almost a month. After weeks of complaints that BP and its supplier were stonewalling requests for a complete ingredients list for the dispersants being dumped on the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Environmental...

Why are dispersant chemicals secret?

Why are dispersant chemicals secret?
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist and Elaine Shannon, EWG editor-in-chief British Petroleum, Inc. has dumped more than 400,000 gallons of chemical oil dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the undersea gusher caused by the April 20 blowout at BP’s exploration well, which...

Teflon Oven Liner? Not In My Kitchen

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...

Cereal boxes are for reading, not eating

Cereal boxes are for reading, not eating
My reason for choosing food packaged sustainably has always been driven by concern for the environment, with recycling and less damaging manufacturing practices at the forefront of my mind. Until last week, when it became a health issue, too. The cover story in the August 31 edition of Chemical and...