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Friday, January 11, 2013
The Environmental Working Group today submitted comments to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on its revised draft regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. EWG warned New York officials that the revised rules contain too many flaws and scientific gaps to ensure that so-called “fracking” can be conducted safely.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are not opposed to more domestic energy production, but they are unwilling to achieve it by sacrificing clean water, increased energy efficiency, and expanded wind and solar power in the process, according to a major new ORC International survey conducted for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Friday, January 4, 2013
Environmental Working Group called today’s release of draft risk assessments of five chemicals found in paint strippers, fire retardants, degreasers, fragrances and other consumer products a positive step by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but EWG emphasized that the agency’s action “also underscores the need for true chemical policy reform.”
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
WASHINGTON – Buried in the 150-page “fiscal cliff” tax bill passed New Year's Day is a last-minute farm bill extension that buys time for Congress to craft and debate an improved measure to establish food and farm policy for the long haul.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, issued the following statement on the decision by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to step down.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Environmental Working Group applauds the decision by the influential American Academy of Pediatrics to support pending legislation that would require new research into the safety of cell phone radiation, especially for children, require safety standards that protect children and other vulnerable populations, and impose new labeling requirements for the ubiquitous devices.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources has released a preliminary draft of regulations that for the first time would require oil and gas drilling companies in the state to report where they are using hydraulic fracturing technology and disclose what chemicals they are using.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Heather White has been named executive director of Environmental Working Group, the Washington-based nonprofit consumer advocacy and research organization announced today.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Forty years after passage of the federal Clean Water Act, it is clear that farm pollution, which remains exempt from the law, is standing in the way of clean water in Iowa and across the nation, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows. The law succeeded in cutting pollution from cities and industries, but 80,000 miles of rivers and streams in the U.S. remain badly polluted by chemical fertilizers and manure.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Environmental Working Group joined several groups today to call on lawmakers to stop a secret farm bill from being attached to any legislation designed to straighten out the nation's finances.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
New York’s Suffolk County will soon ban retailers from issuing register receipts that contain the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A or BPA.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
California environmental officials have issued a draft public health goal for drinking water polluted with perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel chemical that is six times lower than the current legal limit.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Harmful fire retardant chemicals are turning up in everything from furniture to dust in American homes, researchers report in two new studies published today (Nov. 28), a finding that underscores how California’s misguided fire safety rules have created a pervasive environmental hazard for much of the country.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Leading environmental and anti-hunger organizations – including Environmental Working Group, Clean Air Task Force and ActionAid USA – said today that the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to waive the federal ethanol fuel mandate in response to the worst drought in 50 years is a blow to livestock producers, dairy farmers and consumers alike.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
In the wake of the 2012 election, Environmental Working Group has issued the following statements on three key issues central to EWG’s mission: Federal farm policy, natural gas extraction that protects people, water and land and fixing the nation’s failed federal chemicals law.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group and a California resident, issued the following statement on the defeat of Proposition 37 – the California ballot initiative that would have required foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled as such.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Four experts have joined Environmental Working Group’s board of directors with long experience in environmental advocacy and stewardship, government relations, public health and other public policy issues.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Some of the word’s biggest food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat California’s Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative, claiming it would deceive consumers. Yet federal regulators have forced these companies to remove labels and advertisements on grounds they were deceptive.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
At 8:00pm tonight KQED-FM will re-air the only major debate to date on California’s Proposition 37 to label GMO foods.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Executives of Whole Foods Market and other top natural and organic food companies held a conference call with reporters yesterday to support California’s Proposition 37 , a ballot initiative that calls for labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients.

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