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EWG Seeks FCC-Cell Phone Industry Communications

EWG Seeks FCC-Cell Phone Industry Communications
So you’re thinking about trading in your old cell phone, and you want to know how much radiation the new models emit. Think scavenger hunt and you’ve got the idea. Technically speaking, the Federal Communications Commission makes that information public through its FCC SAR Database. But only the...

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...

Your Drinking Water: EPA’s New Framework for Contaminants

Your Drinking Water: EPA’s New Framework for Contaminants
This week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Drinking Water Advisory Council met for a three-day meeting (July 21-23) reviewing the new drinking water strategy proposed by EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. EPA’s visionary plan includes four principles to provide greater protection of...

Proposed “Green Chemistry” Rules Miss the Target

Proposed “Green Chemistry” Rules Miss the Target
Green chemistry is one of those ideas that sounds great – until you look closely and find a bevy of devils lurking in the details. That’s the problem with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to implement the state’s much ballyhooed Green Chemistry initiative, conceived as a means of restricting...

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...

Cell Phone Radiation Should be Disclosed at Point of Sale

Cell Phone Radiation Should be Disclosed at Point of Sale
The Interphone Study Group, a 10-year, 13-nation scientific collaboration coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a United Nations agency, has wrapped up its work without determining conclusively whether link exists between cell phone use and head and neck tumors. But some findings...

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...

New York Times Toxic Waters Series Wins Medal

New York Times Toxic Waters Series Wins Medal
An investigative reporting project is to a journalist what an overhang – a slope angled at more than 90 degrees — is to a rock climber.  Gravity, physical endurance and time are all going against you.  But when you nail it, there’s no feeling that compares. A New York Times series, Toxic...

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...

EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea

EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea
Reversing a stand it took six years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will launch a $1.9 million research program to learn whether a technology that has spurred a boom in domestic natural gas production poses a threat to drinking water and public health. In 2004, in a study that was not...
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