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News Releases

Friday, March 1, 2002
Internal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents obtained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveal that the agency is failing in its public health obligation to protect pregnant women and the developing fetus from the toxic effects of mercury.
Tuesday, February 12, 2002
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for standing up to the chemical and wood treatment industries by forcing the phase-out of arsenic-treated lumber.
Friday, February 1, 2002
This week, Monsanto and Solutia defend themselves in a lawsuit by 3,500 plaintiffs seeking compensation for health and environmental damage left behind by the company's production of PCBs in Anniston, Alabama.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2002
First-ever nationwide assessment of chlorination byproducts in tapwater finds 137,000 U.S. pregnancies at higher risk of miscarriage, birth defects
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Thursday, November 8, 2001
Nationwide sampling in 13 metropolitan areas found harmful levels of cancer-causing arsenic on the surface of "pressure-treated" wood purchased at Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse stores, according to a report released today.
Monday, July 16, 2001
Sources of drinking water for more than 7 million Californians and unknown millions of other Americans are contaminated with a chemical that disrupts child development and may cause thyroid cancer, but is unregulated by the state or federal government, according to an investigation by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Congress is expected to approve an additional $5.5 billion in emergency farm aid today, the fourth straight year it has been forced to supplement a 1996 law that was intended to end farm supports. But a new analysis shows that half of subsidy bail out money will go to the largest farm operations in just 20 congressional districts, while hundreds of thousands of farmers in over 300 congressional districts will receive little or no assistance.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001
The East Coast's leading manufacturer of wooden playground equipment, PlayNation Play Systems, Inc., announced today that it will discontinue the use of arsenic-treated lumber, becoming the first national playground manufacturer to exclusively use arsenic-free preserved wood in the construction of treated wood playgrounds.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
The Healthy Building Network (HBN) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) today petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban arsenic-treated wood in playground equipment and to review its safety for use in other consumer items.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced today that it has filed legal notice to sue the manufacturers of wooden playground equipment treated with arsenic.
Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Guns can be hazardous to your health even if you don't get shot with one, according to a new study of the harm to people and the environment from lead pollution at shooting ranges in California and nationwide.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) and EWG release Poisonous Pastime: The Health Risks of Shooting Ranges and Lead to Children, Families and the Environment. The study documents how shooting ranges poisoning children and polluting the environment with lead, yet remain almost entirely unregulated-exempt from even the Bush Administration's new lead pollution reporting rules.
Friday, April 13, 2001
Government recommendations for fish consumption could expose more than one in four expectant mothers - 1 million women - to enough mercury to put the health of their fetuses at risk, according to a new computer investigation released today by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).
Tuesday, December 5, 2000
Citing excessive risk to children, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today moved to sharply restrict consumer use of diazinon, the nation's #2 selling home and garden insecticide.
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Monday, November 27, 2000
On behalf of military contractor Lockheed Martin, Loma Linda University is conducting the first large-scale tests of a toxic drinking water contaminant on human subjects -- a precedent medical researchers and Environmental Working Group condemned as morally unethical and scientifically invalid.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2000
A new computer investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), using data generated by Texas and other state governments, shows Texas Gov. George Bush has the worst anti-smog record in the country.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2000
As farmers head to the fields to harvest corn, soybeans and other crops that they know will bring ruinously low prices at the local grain elevator, Congressional leaders are quietly arranging a pre-election infusion of farm subsidy aid, atop billions in emergency funds already added this year.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook demanded that ABC News President David Westin fire reporter John Stossel for fabricating a network-sponsored laboratory study and repeatedly broadcasting the nonexistent results in a story attacking the safety of organic food.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2000
The watchdog group that forced ABC News to admit it had fabricated laboratory tests for a story attacking organic food has called correspondent John's Stossel's on-air apology "an insult to the ABC News audience, the organic food industry, and to organic food consumers everywhere."
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Wednesday, September 6, 2000
The food poisoning test that ABC News Correspondent John Stossel used to allege that organic food "could kill you" cannot definitively prove any risk of food poisoning, according to a letter issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today.

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