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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
A bid to establish a dedicated trust fund to compensate farmers and ranchers who suffer weather damage to crops and livestock would direct most of the funds to a handful of states where agricultural disaster “emergencies” are in fact routine, virtually annual occurrences, primarily because of low rainfall.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
As FDA officials and the cosmetics industry prepared to huddle behind closed doors without input from outside groups to discuss “regulatory obstacles” between countries, Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the results of a new investigation that found literally hundreds of cosmetics sold in the U.S. containing chemicals the industry itself has determined to be unsafe even when used as directed.
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Monday, September 10, 2007
As the five major commodity crops reap billions in taxpayer dollars each year, nearly 70 percent of farmer requests for voluntary conservation assistance go unfunded and soil erosion rules for subsidy recipients are barely enforced.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007
EWG issued the following statement today in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s latest proposed federal safety standards for sunscreens. FDA first announced its intention to implement safety standards for sunscreens 28 years ago. To date, none have been finalized. These new proposed regulations would for the first time put a permanent safety standard in place for UVA protection.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Executive Director Richard Wiles issued the following statement today in response to the decision by the head of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) – a division of NIH – to step down as a result of an on-going investigation into his leadership of the health advisory panel.
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Monday, August 20, 2007
More than 64,000 children a day in Southern California will be exposed to an unsafe dose of fluoride when the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) begins adding fluoride to drinking water in October, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
A report released by the Environmental Working Group today shows an 80 percent increase in uranium, gold and other mining claims in 12 western states over the past five years, including an explosion of uranium claims near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Senior Scientist Dr. Anila Jacob, MD, MPH, issued the following statement in response to the decision by a government sponsored panel to largely ignore wide ranging scientific research connecting human health risks with exposure to Bisphenol-A (BPA).
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Monday, August 6, 2007
The National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) is assessing the health risks of the compound BPA, a toxic ingredient in plastics that contaminates an alarming number of packaged foods and is widely found in humans. But the CERHR assessment — prepared in part by a contractor since fired over concerns about conflicts of interest — fails to meet the most basic scientific standards, even as independent scientists have declared BPA a clear risk to human health.
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
Eighteen years after the Environmental Protection Agency unsuccessfully attempted to ban asbestos, one of the world’s most deadly substances, a Senate panel voted this week to ban the use of the microscopic fibers.
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Thursday, August 2, 2007
The Chapel Hill consensus statement on BPA released today underscores, by way of contrast, how hopeless and corrupt the ongoing review of BPA by the NIH Center for The Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR) really is.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Black farmers receive between one-third to one-sixth of the benefits under major federal crop subsidy programs that other farmers receive, and the “subsidy gap” has widened over the past decade.
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
In spite of the best efforts of the Washington Aqueduct to provide quality tap water to the District of Columbia, tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in May of 2007 revealed toxic by-products of the chemicals used to purify Potomac River water, at levels above annual federal health limits.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Hormone-disrupting chemicals from a wide variety of consumer products are polluting San Francisco Bay, posing risks to marine life and challenges for consumers and utility districts.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Today, Dr. John Boyd, President of the National Black Farmer’s Association, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Today EWG released the first-ever, in-depth analysis of the safety and effectiveness of more than 700 name-brand sunscreens
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
A new Web site, developed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) from millions of previously unpublished USDA subsidy records and released today, provides nearly full disclosure of federal farm subsidy beneficiaries for the first time.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Some of America's richest and largest farms are paying pennies for the vast amounts of electricity needed to deliver irrigation water to California's arid Central Valley.
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Friday, May 4, 2007
In letter sent today to the new point person in charge of food safety at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook called on the agency to back up its claims that melamine is not a danger to the public's health by disclosing its scientific research and analysis that brought the agency to that conclusion. To date, over 8,500 pet deaths have been reported.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Oil and gas drilling in big game habitat on Western public lands has more than doubled in the past decade, pushing sportsmen out of their favorite hunting spots, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of federal data.
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