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