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Monday, March 25, 2013
From kitchen, bathroom, glass and all-purpose cleaners to dishwashing detergent, laundry soap and bleach, Environmental Working Group has scoured the chemical ingredients of more than 2,000 different household cleaning products and come up with a list of some of the best – and some you should avoid.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Growing numbers of Americans have had to contend with the harmful environmental impacts of oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing as energy companies have pushed into shale and other unconventional formations. Due to glaring loopholes and generous exemptions from federal law that Congress has granted to operators, there are few protective tools available to those whose water and air are threatened by the current drilling boom that features more intensive hydraulic fracturing – the controversial practice also known as fracking.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The departure of Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “leaves a gaping hole in the Obama administration's leadership on food and agriculture policy,” Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook said today.
Friday, March 15, 2013
A new report released today by federal health officials shows that the decades-long case of drinking water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is one of the worst on record.
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Friday, March 15, 2013
This week, the Environmental Working Group celebrated 20 years of groundbreaking environmental health research and advocacy at its 4 th annual Earth Dinner at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Founded in 1993, EWG changed the perceptions of lawmakers, consumers, and even industry about toxic chemicals, food, farming, and energy production.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The draft budget released by the House Budget Committee takes a first step toward reforming wasteful farm programs by calling for $31 billion in savings from farm subsidies and crop insurance, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today. The budget document cited record farm income over the last few years in the face of crippling federal deficits as a reason to reexamine farm subsidies and the structure of the bloated crop insurance program.
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Environmental Working Group applauds food retailer Whole Foods Market for its decision to label any foods sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores that contain genetically engineered ingredients by 2018. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full transparency for GE foods (also known as GMOs).
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices will collaborate to highlight the benefits of organic food and advance the fight for labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, the two organizations announced today.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) today introduced companion bills in Congress that would provide much-needed reform of the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program. The Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act of 2013 would restore the program’s fiscal integrity while ensuring that farmers are protected by an effective safety net when the weather turns against them.
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Monday, March 4, 2013
President Obama’s selection of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency “is a bold choice that reflects the president’s strong commitment to protecting public health and the environment,” Environmental Working Group (EWG) Executive Director Heather White said today.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Environmental Working Group has released its new online water filter buying guide with more options and new tips for consumers who want cleaner drinking water for themselves and their families.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A new Environmental Working Group analysis of 2011 water quality tests by 201 large U.S. municipal water systems that serve more than 100 million people in 43 states has determined that all are polluted with unwanted toxic chemicals called trihalomethanes. These chemicals, an unintended side effect of chlorination, elevate the risks of bladder cancer, miscarriages and other serious ills.
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Friday, February 15, 2013
Environmental Working Group today welcomed the introduction of legislation to block the use of gasoline containing 15 percent corn ethanol by U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and David Vitter (R-La.), calling it a good first step in addressing concerns about the broader use of higher ethanol blends.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Environmental Working Group vice president for government affairs Scott Faber released the following statement on the American Family Economic Protection Act.
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Monday, February 11, 2013
More than 80 organizations from 12 states and a New York state senator today called on the inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate a decision to drop legal action against a drilling company despite evidence that it had polluted residents’ well water near Fort Worth, Texas.
Friday, February 8, 2013
California Governor Jerry Brown today proposed to end the widespread use of highly toxic fire retardant chemicals in foam furniture sold in the state.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal to pump even more corn ethanol into the gasoline supply this year signals the need for a major overhaul of U.S. biofuels policy, said Environmental Working Group’s Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Executive Director Heather White said today that President Obama’s choice of Sally Jewell as Secretary of Interior underscores the importance of national parks and public lands in the American experience.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Environmental Working Group (EWG) joined a diverse group of stakeholders today to call on Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) because of its negative impact on the environment, farmers and taxpayers. The RFS requires refiners to blend 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels (i.e. corn ethanol) into the U.S. fuel supply by 2015.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A U.S. Appeals Court decision to throw out the 2012 federal mandate requiring refiners to blend cellulosic ethanol into the domestic gasoline supply should be wake-up call to Congress that the nation’s biofuels policy is in sore need of reform, said Environmental Working Group Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.
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