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Safe Cosmetics Bill — Get the facts

Safe Cosmetics Bill — Get the facts
As everyone pressing for non-toxic personal care products is probably aware, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., dropped the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 in the House’s hopper last month. Now begins the hard work of moving the bill through Congress. It...

Closing the Gap on Cosmetics Safety

Closing the Gap on Cosmetics Safety
EWG strongly supports cosmetics companies that strive to make the safest possible products. Unfortunately, with major gaps in current cosmetics law, some manufacturers don’t always choose the safest ingredients. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 would help close these gaps. Current law requires a...

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...

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...

At Last! Cosmetics Bill Introduced in the House

At Last! Cosmetics Bill Introduced in the House
Over the past decade, Environmental Working Group has uncovered either hazardous or untested cosmetics ingredients everywhere our research has taken us — in product tests, in ingredient label surveys and even in people. In our biomonitoring studies, we sent blood and urine samples from 20 teenage...

EPA Mulls Dioxin Safety — for 30 Years?

EPA Mulls Dioxin Safety — for 30 Years?
Waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public against dioxin is a lot like waiting for Godot. You keep thinking he’s about to show up… and then nothing happens. But at least he’s fictional. Dioxin is all too real. EPA’s own timeline of its labors to establish...

Cell phone industry to S.F. — Stop making sense

Cell phone industry to S.F. — Stop making sense
How does an industry lobby punish a city – that’s right, an entire city – for requiring more public disclosure about the industry’s products? With money, of course. As you might expect from an industry lobby, it’s all about money. The city in the crosshairs is San Francisco, one of the nation’s...

Maryland Legislators Honored for Work on BPA Ban

Maryland Legislators Honored for Work on BPA Ban
Earlier this week, I joined a wide array of public health advocates to thank and honor Maryland Delegate James Hubbard and Senator Brian Frosh for their leadership in the successful effort to ban the plastics chemical BPA from drinking containers statewide.  The lawmakers received the “Children’s...

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...

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break
Over the past decade, dozens of imports from China and other countries have been recalled because they were laced with lead, cadmium and other clearly hazardous chemicals. Today, federal and state regulators are focusing on the subtler dangers of other chemicals in common consumer goods. As Congress...
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