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What Will We Learn from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster?

What Will We Learn from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster?
By David Andrews, EWG Senior Scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, Executive Editor One hundred and six days later, it finally appears that the gusher in the Gulf has been tamed, plugged at the top and soon to be plugged at the bottom. Today (Aug. 5), the government says that three-fourths of the unprecedented...

House Members, Witnesses Clash Over Chemicals Regulation

House Members, Witnesses Clash Over Chemicals Regulation
photo by Lindsay Talley At a packed hearing before a key House subcommittee, Environmental Working Group President and co-founder Ken Cook called on Congress yesterday (July 29) to pass tough new legislation to repair a “broken toxic chemicals policy” that is currently so weak “the American public...

Series Exposes Insidious Water Contamination Threat

Series Exposes Insidious Water Contamination Threat
Every few days, a piece of journalism comes along that reminds us of what is possible when a newspaper or other news organization is willing and able to devote a significant amount of time, money and effort to an important public policy issue. That’s been the case in recent days with The Washington...

A Little BPA Along with Your Change?

A Little BPA Along with Your Change?
You stand in line with your latte, your tube of toothpaste or your cart of groceries, you hand over your cash or credit card to the cashier, and he hands you back the receipt. You check that the amount looks right, then stuff it in your pocket or purse. Maybe you pull it out later to make a record of...

Senators Decry Lack of Data on Oil Dispersants’ Effects, Safety

Senators Decry Lack of Data on Oil Dispersants’ Effects, Safety
Members of a powerful Senate Appropriations subcommittee said Thursday (July 15) that the lack of research on BP’s use of vast quantities of dispersants to break up the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico leaves open the possibility that the chemicals could make the disaster worse, not better. In an unusual...

Chem companies have nothing to hide*

Chem companies have nothing to hide*
*so long as they don’t have to show anything By Leeann Brown, Press Associate, and Nils Bruzelius, Executive Editor Who says you can never find a cop when you need one? When Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN film crew was in Mossville, Louisiana, recently filming footage of 14 chemical plants that local...

Blowout Preventers that Don’t

Blowout Preventers that Don’t
“Blowout preventer” is on its way toward joining the ranks of all-star oxymorons. Everyone knows by now that the blowout preventer at the Deepwater Horizon drilling site deep in the Gulf of Mexico prevented exactly nothing. Seven weeks after this “fail-safe” system failed, the nation’s worst...

KID-SAFE CHEMICALS
The Cost of Inaction

Every time there’s a debate over efforts to protect people from environmental health dangers, the folks facing new regulatory demands point out in great detail what it will cost in lost profits, higher prices to consumers and reduced productivity. Those arguments deserve to be weighed in the balance,...

EWG Supporters Push Chemicals Act Reform

EWG Supporters Push Chemicals Act Reform
The campaign for Kid-Safe Chemicals shifted into high gear this week (April 14) on a glorious spring day in Washington D.C. as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) presented petitions signed by more than 85,000 Americans to key Senate backers of chemicals regulation reform. On the day before Sen. Frank...

EPA Takes Aim at Drinking Water Contamination

EPA Takes Aim at Drinking Water Contamination
After spending nearly a decade on the sidelines as public concern grew over contamination of U.S. drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out plans to step up and streamline its efforts to make sure that tap water is safe. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson outlined the new approach...
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