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Congressman Cleans Up

Sure, it’s an act, but it beats watching a bunch of suits standing at a lectern in the Congressional press gallery. In a video he posted recently on YouTube, Rep. Steve Israel gets down and dirty – actually, he gets down and cleans. Wearing a yellow tie and the sleeves of his blue shirt rolled up,...

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...

Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water

Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water
Millions of Americans don’t trust that the water coming out of their taps is safe to drink. New research by Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that for many, there’s good reason to be concerned. Over the last three years, EWG assembled an unprecedented database of 20 million tap water testing...

Lautenberg Cites EWG Minority Cord Blood Report at Toxics Reform Hearing

Lautenberg Cites EWG Minority Cord Blood Report at Toxics Reform Hearing
At a hearing held before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and its Environmental Health panel on Wednesday, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, cited Environmental Working Group’s minority cord blood...

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse

BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse
When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence. Now...

FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules

FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules
As a key deadline approaches, scientists and environmental health advocates are ramping up pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rein in food contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen  detected in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans tested. During...

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation, Tumors

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation, Tumors
Two new international studies implicating cell phone in some forms of brain tumors are deepening scientists’ worries about the long-term consequences of human exposure to cell phone radiation, especially among children and heavy cell phone users. An Australian-European research team reported in the...

Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical

Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical
Back in 1991, a young paralegal poking around in some real estate files noticed a peculiar concentration of cancer in tiny Hinkley, CA. The rest was almost history. Erin Brockovich’s find led to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, whose compressor station, California state investigators determined ,...

Beginning of the (long overdue) end for federal toxics program?

Beginning of the (long overdue) end for federal toxics program?
What happened this week in San Francisco was nothing less than historic. Lisa Jackson, EPA’s chief and the president’s point-person on environmental policy, began something that should have happened 33 years ago: drive a stake into the heart of the horrendous federal chemicals regulatory program...

Cell phone radiation rules so last century

Cell phone radiation rules so last century
Cell phones used to be luxuries, like 8-track car stereos.  Now they’re everyday essentials, like toothbrushes. Especially for kids. An estimated 71 percent of American tweens and teens own cell phones, and more than half use the device daily, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Is...
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