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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...

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...

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...

EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory

EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory
It’s about time! The US Environmental Protection Agency put out the word yesterday (March 15) that people who want to see its public inventory of industrial chemicals will no longer have to shell out their own money to get it. It’s a small but meaningful step on a longer and contentious road to give...

CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act

CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta reported this week that Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ,  intends to reintroduce the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act as the major vehicle for toxic chemicals policy reform “within the next month or so.” In a segment called Chemicals, innocent or guilty, Gupta, a physician and CNN’s...

Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”

Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”
But we’re not. Here’s the story. When a chemical manufacturer finds out that one of its products “presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment,”  the company is required under federal law to give that information immediately to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The...

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”
It’s good to see the issue of reforming toxic chemicals regulation getting widespread coverage in a variety of media. Just this week (Jan. 11), Scientific American magazine published on its website a good account by author Lizzie Grossman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) year-end decision...

Top 10 Environmental Stories of the Decade — That You Might Have Missed

Top 10 Environmental Stories of the Decade — That You Might Have Missed
EWG staffers put our heads together to come up with this list of bad news environmental stories over the last decade that people might have missed. But there were plenty of big stories that hardly anyone could have missed, such as climate change. What’s on your list of the biggest environmental...
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