Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
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...
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
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?
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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