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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
World Cancer Day should serve as a reminder that asbestos can cause cancer and kill. Instead, the new Congress today underscored how tone deaf it is when it comes to the plight of real Americans by holding a hearing on the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act .
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate today would limit the amount of federal crop insurance premium subsidies a grower can receive, saving billions of dollars while affecting very few farmers, EWG Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber said.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Requiring farmers to plant 50-foot wide grass strips, or buffers, between cropland and streams would jumpstart progress toward cleaning Iowa’s dirty water while affecting only a handful of growers and a minuscule number of acres, a new report from Environmental Working Group shows.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal contains two common-sense reforms to the broken federal crop insurance program that would save taxpayers billions of dollars and protect our land and water, EWG said in a statement.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
The U.S. Senate today advanced a Keystone XL pipeline bill that puts corporate oil interests before the health of the public and the environment, EWG said in a statement.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislation re-introduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, would place new burdens on asbestos bankruptcy trusts, slowing compensation to victims suffering from fatal asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, EWG Action Fund said today.
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Friday, January 23, 2015
Eleven groups and the city of Berkeley sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture today over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas.
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Friday, January 16, 2015
An amendment filed today by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) to repeal the federal corn ethanol mandate would make room to develop greener advanced fuels for American cars and trucks, Environmental Working Group said today. The proposal was introduced as an amendment to the pending bill that would mandate approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to pay for more than 100 conservation projects nationwide is an important step toward restoring water quality and protecting wildlife habitat, EWG said in a statement today.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
EWG Executive Director Heather White said today that by pledging to veto the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama is sending a message to anti-environmentalists in Congress: “Bring it on.” We welcome his commitment to stand up for the environment and public health in the face of political opposition.
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Friday, December 19, 2014
The White House today caved to industry pressure and backpedaled on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 proposal to regulate coal ash – the toxic material that piles up in enormous quantities next to coal-burning power plants – as hazardous waste.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
The announcement by global cosmetics giant Revlon that it is removing some long-chain parabens and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from its products is a step in the right direction, EWG Executive Director Heather White said today.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The decision by the top health official in the Cuomo administration to ban high-volume hydraulic fracking for shale gas in the New York state is a huge win for New Yorkers, the environment and public health, EWG said today.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG, urged a congressional panel to oppose legislation that would deny consumers information about what’s in their food and how it was grown.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
More than 700 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith and Sam Talbot – are urging members of Congress to support legislation to mandate labeling of genetically modified foods and to oppose efforts to block state GMO labeling laws.
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Friday, November 21, 2014
The Obama administration today delayed its decision to finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The oil and gas industry insists that hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells does not threaten America’s water supplies. But a new report by Environmental Working Group finds that hundreds of “monster wells” across the country were fracked with 10 to 25 million gallons of water each – and many that used the most water were in drought-stricken areas.
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Friday, November 14, 2014
EWG applauds Congress for passing a bill that will give Americans better protection from the sun’s harmful UV radiation and greater access to safe and effective sunscreens.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Environmental Working Group today published a new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives designed to help people figure out which additives to avoid and why.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Ken Cook, the president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, says that EWG’s commitment to protecting public health and the environment from toxic pollution will not waver, “no matter who is in charge or what happens in Washington.”